The 25 that Made the Cut
Thomas Taylor
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I recently went from something around 200+ Games to 25. I just decided there was no point in keeping around games that upset me because I couldn't get the time or the friends or the friends with the time to try them all out.

I have an auction list going currently, (as of 5/11) here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/listitem/1283755

Several people have asked which 25 games made the cut. I tried to get a good cross-section of game types that I enjoy, such as train, war, economic, etc, and tried to keep my favorites in each group. This lead to a couple of surprises such as Leader 1. I also tried to keep games that offered something unique experience-wise.

So, without further adieu, here they are with my possibly insane reasonings.
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1. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:551]
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I love this game, and will probably never get rid of it. A true classic.
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2. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:162]
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Castro Valley
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I have a nice blood bowl set, with both expansions. I need to play it more often.
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3. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:246]
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The first of a surprising quantity of train games I decided I needed to keep. This game is fast, fun, and awesome.
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4. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:49]
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I have CC:E, and CC:M. I also have the Stalingrad Pack, but not Paratroopers, sadly.

This is probably my favorite and about as heavy as I get into wargames. I like the random events, and the game always turns out to be a great story.
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5. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:409]
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I am keeping Container + Expansion. This heavy economic game fascinates me. I'm never sure I'm playing it right, and the mechanisms are hard to see. I like this one probably more than I should.
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:29] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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Keeping Dominion + Intrigue expansion. I like the game, my wife LOVES the game. She would shoot me if I got rid of this. It's engaging and fun, and to be fair I enjoy the game about as much as she does.
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7. Board Game: Dust [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1371]
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My most favorite light war game, I still love this game and most of its mechanics.

Its a samurai sword fight in a phone booth, made for talking smack.

Good stuff.
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8. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:79]
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A really, really unique game. I have fun with this one, and I love building the little ships and watching the little spacemen get blown apart in my rickety piece of crap.

I'm a sadist, what can I say.
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9. Board Game: Giganten [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:964]
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Fun, ruthless auction game. I doubt I'll ever get rid of this one.
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10. Board Game: Hart an der Grenze [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1694]
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Another favorite of the wife's, and mine. (This one's for you, Janna!)

This game is unique, and a blast to play with fun people.
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11. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:77]
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Imperial gets to stay because it combines light-ish wargaming with economics. I think this game is interesting every time I play it, and hope to play it more.
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12. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:196]
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This is probably my all time favorite game, which is funny, games that are too light tend to bore me, but I come back to this game again and again.

If I had to take one game to the desert island, this would probably be it.
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13. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:546]
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This is funny, because I have never played this game. I am hell-bent on getting this game to the table at some point, and I am sure I will love it. I just refuse to let go of this cold war gem.
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14. Board Game: Leader 1 [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1041]
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This game has some atrocious rules, and I'm not into bike racing in the least. Hell, I like to threaten to run people on bikes over while driving to upset the wife, but when looking through my stuff I had to admit to myself that this was my favorite racing game, partially because its so unique and partially because its so pretty.

It's fun to play, too.
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15. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:13]
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Why did I keep this one and get rid of Agricola you're asking? I'm not sure. I just enjoy Le Havre more for some reason. I like the way the game spreads out and gets too big to follow mentally at some point.

I always have fun with this one.
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16. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:10]
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This game is just aces all around. It's too long with a full table, but its fun, its interesting and it can be really evil when you want to play it that way.

This one's a permanent fixture.
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17. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:199]
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I kept the Valley Games edition of this one, because I think its interesting, offers something unique, and is awesome.

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18. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:52]
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I kept this one because it feels to me like its fun to play (when the table is big enough) and isn't too hard, but also captures the fun of rail building, without being too crazy.
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19. Board Game: Schrille Stille [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1831]
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We got to play this one out at Oasis of Games I believe, and I forget who taught it to us. My wife took me aside after that game and said "You need to get that game".

I was only too happy to comply. We enjoy this one with gamer buddies and non-gamer buddies alike.
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20. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:50]
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The heaviest train game I kept. (Along with the Steam Barons expansion)

I enjoy this one, when I am feeling particularly mean and want a challenge. I'm not the best at it, but I do enjoy the tough decisions.
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21. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:48]
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Another game the wife is a huge fan of. I enjoy it too. For some reason I always avoid the tool strategy like the plague.

Words to live by in life folks, right there.
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22. Board Game: Time's Up! Deluxe [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:673]
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This one is fun in the right circles. 2am, half drunk, tired from gaming, it can't be beat.

Chosen really for its status as my favorite party game.
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23. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:80]
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The lightest train game of the 4 I chose to keep. I am cheating a little here because I am keeping all my TTR games and counting them as one, but really, they aren't all that different.

I enjoy this as a good gateway game with anyone who wants to try something out. I still enjoy this game, in any iteration years later.
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24. Board Game: Valdora [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:776]
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Nice lighter fare, yet not so stupid that I am bored. (Looking at you, Apples to Apples.)

Interesting mechanics, and lets face it, the storybook cards are cool.
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25. Board Game: Wealth of Nations [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:730]
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My most favorite economic game. It just works. No matter who is at the table its very easy to just say "Look its supply and demand, lets go."

Awesome game.
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